Tessa van Genderen

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

I am Tessa, 24 years old and I am from the Netherlands. This year I graduated from the Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Utrecht as a classical trumpet player. Besides playing I also teach trumpet at two wind orchestras. I play in a really cool quintet with  flute, clarinet, saxophone and Jurjen de Roest on double bass. I also write dutch songs and love singing. Next year I am going to start a Master Music Therapy at the Codarts Conservatory in Rotterdam. I am really excited about this.

How did you first get into music?

I started to play the recorder when I was seven. At age 9 I joined the local wind orchestra where my best friend and her parents were playing in. I started with playing the flugelhorn.

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

Because I always felt understood when I listened to music that matched my mood or situation. And music itself can touch me deeply.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

My final exam and the first time I sang my own song for an audience.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

This hard to choose and it changes from time to time, but here are some names of people and bands that inspire me and make music I absolutely love.

Composers: Stravinsky, Bach, Rachmaninoff, Mahler (but seriously, it’s hard to choose and it changes from time to time)

Trumpet players: Miles Davis, Eric Vloeimans, Wynton Marsalis, Maurice André, Tine Helseth, Alison Balsom, Hakan Hardenberger

Other Artist: Pink Floyd, Muse, Regina Spektor, Spinvis, Ramses Shaffy, Edith Piaf, Zaz, Wende, Roger Waters, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

Making great music with great people and play for people who normally don’t have the opportunity to listen to a live orchestra.